Shared on behalf of the Stephenson County Extension:
We are excited to announce that we will have a Master Showmanship Contest (MSC) at the 2019 Stephenson County Fair. The contest will be coordinated by the Stephenson County Farm Bureau and Stephenson County 4-H. The winner of the local competition will represent Stephenson County at the Illinois State Fair MSC event on Friday, August 9, 2019.
The local contest will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. starting in the Swine Show Ring, contestants please report by 1 p.m. as we will start the show promptly at 1:30 p.m. Rules are as follows: 1. The exhibitor must be between the ages of 14-18 as of September 1, 2018. 2. The exhibitor must be currently enrolled in any Stephenson County 4-H livestock event. 3. An exhibitor may participate in the Master Showmanship Contest for a consecutive year if the following permit: a. County rules permit b. County rules and guidelines are followed to and adhered to c. The exhibitor is chosen as the overall county winner d. The exhibitor must be able to attend and participate in the state contest Friday, August 9, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. at the Illinois State Fair. If the county winner cannot participate in the state contest, then the local Extension Office may select an alternate. 4. Participants in the MSC at the Illinois State Fair and the County fair must supply their own livestock for the competition. Each contestant must own or borrow each: a steer or heifer, a market or breeding lamb, and a market hog or breeding gilt. 5. The county event will run three species contest with one judge in three (3) separate rings. 6. A cash prize, feed scoop and bucket will be awarded to the both the champion ($200) and reserve champion ($100) Master Showman. The champion will represent Stephenson County at the state level (per #3d above). Prizes will be donated by Stephenson County Farm Bureau. 7. Contest organizers maintain the right to expel any individual who has violated any of the rules or regulations, or who exhibits improper conduct that is unbecoming of a 4-H member. 8. In the event of a state contest cancellation, contest organizers (Stephenson County Farm Bureau Young Leaders and Stephenson County 4-H) are not liable for any lost revenues, expenses incurred, or schedule inconvenience, and are not bound to issue any awards or prizes at the state level. 9. The county and state contests will adhere to any and all guidelines in relation to the Illinois State Fair issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. State contest guidelines are posted at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/downloads/79903.pdf 10. Contest results, placings and photos will be posted to the 4-H Facebook Page and local newspapers following the contest. 11. Registration for the county event is being coordinated through University of Illinois Extension– Stephenson County, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport IL 61032 (on Highland College campus).